NEWS
Tuesday October 15 2019
Probable line-ups: Liechtenstein-Italy

It’s all change for Italy against Liechtenstein in a potentially historic match, as Giovanni Di Lorenzo should make his debut, with Andrea Belotti and Nicolò Zaniolo stepping in.

It kicks off in Vaduz at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), although the Azzurri have already qualified for Euro 2020.

They are also guaranteed top spot in Group J thanks to seven wins out of seven.

Coach Roberto Mancini has won his last eight matches, so a ninth would equal the all-time Nazionale record set by Vittorio Pozzo in 1938-39.

There will be numerous changes to the starting XI that beat Greece 2-0 on Saturday, as Federico Chiesa and Danilo D’Ambrosio have returned home with injuries.

Napoli right-back Di Lorenzo is widely expected to make his senior Italy debut, with Salvatore Sirigu, Alessio Romagnoli and Cristiano Biraghi also coming in.

Gianluca Mancini may well also allow Leonardo Bonucci to rest.

Roma midfielders Zaniolo and Bryan Cristante should join Marco Verratti, while Federico Bernardeschi and either Stephan El Shaarawy or Vincenzo Grifo can flank Torino striker Belotti.

Brescia star Sandro Tonali is likely to get a run-out in the second half.

Liechtenstein held Armenia to a 1-1 draw here on Saturday, their second point of the qualifying campaign after a 1-1 result away to Greece.

The goalscorer was substitute Yanik Frick, the son of former Hellas Verona striker Mario Frick.

It remains to be seen if he will be granted a place in the starting XI, but there are doubts around Andreas Malin, who bruised his foot at the weekend.

Midfielder Sandro Wieser is out of action after requiring surgery on a knee cartilage issue.

The referee is Latvian Andris Treimanis.

Probable line-ups

Liechtenstein (4-5-1): B Buchel; Malin, Kaufmann, Göppel; Rechsteiner, Polverino, M Buchel, Meier; Hasler; Salanovic, Gubser

Italy (4-3-3): Sirigu; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Biraghi; Zaniolo, Cristante, Verratti; Bernardeschi, Belotti, El Shaarawy

Ref: Treimanis (LVA)

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